With President Obama setting aside $54 billion to modernize and update the national energy grid infrastructure, there are opportunities for solution providers of all specialities and sizes. On the networking side, large, small and midsized VARs will work with the nation's 3,000 utilities to build communications networks that will enable intelligent meters and other new technology. And as utilities amass information from their new networks, integrators will be called on to build data centers and implement storage technology. On the security side, the widespread modernization of the smart grid will require protection against foreign attackers and other domestic threats.
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